Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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One of the best things about traveling is learning about peoples' perceptions of America. First, I've learned that despite everyone calling it America, some people (notably Mexicans) prefer that it's called the United States, as technically Mexico and all of the western hemisphere is "America" (North and South). Likewise, I've learned that the most dangerous and feared gang in the "townships" around Cape Town is named after the most notorious force known to man: the Americans. That, and every once in a while I stumble into the most absurd representations of American (excuse me, United Stateian) life, with Yanky's Restaurant being no exception. My favorite part of Yanky's (I didn't try the food) is the uber-American mechanized statue out front: he's what you get if you stick Woody from Toy Story, Uncle Sam, and an American flag in a blender. Don't try this at home, kids.

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